A Chesterfield County man will serve 11 1/2 years in prison for his role in a January 2011 Union County bank robbery, federal authorities say.
Harold Elwood Pritchett, 56, of Pageland, S.C., was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Charlotte. Prosecutors say Pritchett entered a guilty plea in October 2011 to charges of conspiracy, bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and use of a firearm in connection with a bank robbery.
The man described as Pritchetts getaway driver, 29-year-old Detrick Rayshawn Gaddy, of Marshville, pleaded guilty earlier to several felony charges and was sentenced in July to seven years in prison.
Prosecutors say Pritchett also was sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $7,418 in restitution.
According to authorities, a man wearing a stocking over his head came into the Sun Trust Bank branch at 1908 Old Charlotte Highway in Monroe on Jan. 7, 2011, and robbed the bank at gunpoint. Prosecutors say Gaddy was waiting in a nearby car wash, driving a burgundy Oldsmobile.
Pritchett stole $7,418, according to court documents, and prosecutors say he ran to the car wash and rode off with Gaddy. Authorities say the two went to Pageland, where they split the money from the robbery.
Surveillance photos aired on television helped lead to the arrests, according to federal prosecutors. They say someone who saw the photos on TV contacted police. Pritchett and Gaddy were arrested in July 2011, and police say they found the getaway car in Gaddys back yard. Prosecutors also say they found the black stocking used during the robbery and a receipt for the purchase of the stocking.
Prosecutors say the FBI, Monroe police, Marshville police, Pageland police and the Chesterfield County Sheriffs Office worked together in the case.